I apologize for the language, but I don’t think you know what the f*&# you are talking about.
So these teams, that embarrass themselves every year, are so extremely well organized as to “have the control and power of the M1 level” according to you? Wasn’t it just a few years ago that the CSCHL and the “old guard” had all the power with the Coaches rankings, which is why they switched to Computer rankings?
You really think Villanova, and Temple, and St. Bonaventure, and Cornell, and the aforementioned Slippery Rock are competing against NCAA D3 programs for recruits? Yeah. Sure.
Please name all these “competitive” M2 teams that have applied to move up and got shut down. Did I miss Calvin, NYU and UNLV moving up this year? Have you ever seen a final vote tally? Have you ever talked to a single coach or program about why they make their votes? Or are you wildly speculating based on your own bias… In my experience from years past anywhere from 25-33% of the teams don’t even submit their votes. Do you really think it’s the Lindenwood’s and Arizona’s and Adrian’s skipping that? Or maybe it’s the “bad M1 teams out east” that change coaches every two years, consolidating their power in dark rooms with their apathy.
Generally speaking I agree with fishbert’s point. “what does M1 mean?” I think it’s a lot closer to Florida Gulf Coast should be M1 (as NYU and UNLV did this year) than Slippery Rock shouldn’t be. I personally don’t have as much of a problem with schools like them that experience ups and downs, schools that have been around the ACHA for years and had “glory” seasons including Drexel, Duquesne, Navy, West Chester, Buffalo, etc. Sometimes the right coach or player(s) can make them a Top 30 program, and the wrong hire or fire can torpedo them for seasons. I do 100% agree that their are anywhere from 3-10 schools that embarrass M1 year after year that should be forcibly removed. But that wasn’t the decision of the league as a whole. So while I think it’s a valid question to be asked, the current stance seems to be “they’re ok with it”. But again, you really think at Naples every year, it’s St Bonaventure, Temple, and the rest of the “East Coast Elite” spending all that disposable program income making the decisions for M1? Lol.